I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read.
As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized that this approach meant that I spent time reading books that bored me, and I had less time for books that I truly enjoy. These days, I put down a book if I don’t feel like finishing it, so I have more time to do my favorite kinds of reading.
This habit means that if you see a book included in the #GretchenRubinReads photo, you know that I liked it well enough to read to the last page.
When I read books related to an area I’m researching for a writing project, I carefully read and take notes on the parts that interest me, and skim the parts that don’t. So I may list a book that I’ve partly read and partly skimmed. For me, that still “counts.”
You can also follow me on Goodreads where I track books I’ve read.
If you want to see what I read last month, the full list is here.
And join us for this year's challenge: Read for 21 minutes every day in 2021!
A surprising number of people, I've found, want to read more. But for various reasons, they struggle to get that reading done. #Read21in21 is meant to help form and strengthen the habit of reading.
October 2021 Reading:
Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf (Amazon, Bookshop) -- The final novel in my Summer of Virginia Woolf. Unlike her other novels, I'd never read it again after college, so it was interesting to revisit it.
A Perfect Spy: A Novel by John le Carré (Amazon, Bookshop) -- I don't usually read thrillers or spy novels, but this is a fascinating portrait of a character. It's one of those novels where your sense of reality changes from chapter to chapter.
Go Saddle the Sea by Joan Aiken (Amazon, Bookshop) -- A proper tale. So fun to read.
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